Aizawl (www.zoramobserver.com): A FIR was filed today over the controversy of land leased for widening of Bawngkawn-Chaltlang-Sairang road junction after a leading Mizo daily “Vanglaini” reported that a land adjacent to the junction, owned by one Lalthai, which was leased to the MNF government in 2005 was sold to an individual by one individual owner.
The FIR was lodged at Bawngkawn police station by one Lalnunmawia, a resident of Zemabawk Tlangveng, who urged the law enforcing agency to investigate into the suspicious land deal and find out the persons involved.
According to report that appear in Vanglaini this morning, a land, owned by Lathai, was acquired by MNF government for widening of Bawngkawn-Chaltlang-Sairang road junction in 2005. The LSC for the 113.04 square-metre land was converted into a land lease in the name of then chief minister and MNF president Zoramthanga and the land lease number was 117 of 2005.
The local daily also quoted sources as saying that the land owner Lalthai was awarded a contract worth Rs. 297.84 lakh under PMGSY in return for her land.
As per the terms and conditions of land lease mentioned in the certificate, the land lease was for 25 years and shall valid till 11 September, 2030. After the expiry of the land lease, the land should not be sold or handed over to any individual but return to the government.
When the UD&PA department began to commence widening work two years ago, it discovered that the land was mysteriously landed in the hand of an individual who sold it to another person in 2015.
“It was discovered that the land lease no 117 of 2005 made in the name of MNF president was sold by one Dr Don Sapremsanga Halliday to Lalrodingi, daughter of Lalthanliana, a resident of Mission Veng, for Rs 150 lakh,” Vanglaini reported.
The report also said that Dr. Halliday handed over the documents of the land to the buyer on 15 March, 2015 and the buyer Lalrodingi also transferred the money to Dr. Halliday in the last part of 2015.
Officials of UD&PA department said that they did not aware of how the land was landed to Dr. Halliday and selling of the land to an individual was violation of the terms and conditions of the land lease.
The local daily further reported that the buyer Lalrodingi sought compensation amounting to Rs. 150 lakh from the government for fear of losing the land after Land Revenue & Settlement department stated in the land lease that the land should not be sold or handed over to an individual.